Nighttime in Iceland •

Last update: June 1st, 2020 at 5:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Iceland at night.

The graphic is a composite built using images taken by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.

Night light images can be very helpful in illustrating population distribution. For example, Iceland’s interior center highlands are high in elevation, very cold, and sparsely vegetated. As a result, there is very little permanent human settlement there, especially compared to its coastal perimeter.  

The outer coast of Iceland, which includes its capital Reykjavik, has more hospitable conditions and easy access to ocean resources such as fishing.

By Rory Arnold,

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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